To say that the movie Blade Runner was a disappointment for me would be a massive understatement. It’s considered a classic. It’s considered a paragon of the Science Fiction community. The problem is that it sucks.
I know, I know…what is WRONG with me? I genuinely wanted to like it. After all these years of hearing how wonderful it was, I expected that I would like it. Harrison Ford? Check. Dystopia? Check. Androids? Check, check, check. I enjoy Science Fiction but this movie was so incredibly boring to me.
I should have known not to read the book prior to watching the movie. I think that may have led to the majority of my disappointment. The novel by Phillip K Dick is so much richer in scope and tone. You’re on an existential journey with the main character as he tries to understand what it means to be truly human. The desolate wasteland that is described on the page is far richer than what is portrayed in the movie.
I realize that the movie is only meant to be based on the book. A loose interpretation of it. As with so many book to movie adaptations, certain liberties are taken with the plot in order to make the movie more enticing. While I agree that there are aspects of many novels-turned-movies that need a bit of a boost cinematically, I don’t think this is one of them. That being said, I do understand the limitations of attempting to portray such a cerebral novel onto the big screen.
One thing I did like about the film were the visual effects. The effects they were able to pull off given the technology at the time are fairly mind-blowing. Unfortunately, there were no effects that could erase Daryl Hannah from the movie.
The entire team was bored and confused by the movie which made it nice for me. I hate being the only one who didn’t like the movie we watch.
Have a listen. Do you agree with us? Did you read the book or watch the movie?
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